Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 21:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems AlienWare (so Dell) has just unveiled a gaming PC running Ubuntu and Steam, designed to be hooked up to a TV - essentially a Steambox. "With over 25 gaming titles available and more being added, users can access Steam For Linux to play online games, including your favorite titles like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3." Everything starts out small, but with Valve going full throttle with this, expect this library to grow.
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RE[10]: More like 100 or so
by Neolander on Tue 9th Apr 2013 06:24 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: More like 100 or so"
Neolander
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2010-03-08

Regarding Linux DEs, I'd recommend Xfce to everyone who is tired of the KDE and Gnome bullshit. Here's why:

-As far as I can tell, the dev team has never broken everything just to scratch an itch. Versions are made of cautious, iterative improvements, that seem to be based on actual user feedback.

-It's remarkably snappy, but with a fairly complete feature set like other lightweight DEs.

-It's very stable, new features can be a bit of a hit and miss but they tend to stabilize after a few minor releases (though things you've come to expect on other DEs, like automount or files on the desktop, can be new here. It's the main drawback of their cautious approach to development as far as I can tell)

-It works well in its default setup, and can be tweaked pretty deeply.

-While receiving less love than KDE and Gnome from distros, it's still pretty well integrated in Ubuntu and Mint. Actually, for some reason, Xfce-based spins tend to be less crashy than others in areas which shouldn't be related, such as audio and composited graphics.

One of the reasons why I got into the Linux universe is that I was tired of Windows and OS X releases trying to reinvent the world, following some weird vision that I don't feel part of, and breaking my software and workflows as a result. It seems to me that in the Linux world, a combination of the right distro and the right DE can be used to avoid that, and so far Mint 13 Xfce has done it for me.

Edited 2013-04-09 06:32 UTC

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RE[11]: More like 100 or so
by zima on Tue 9th Apr 2013 12:44 in reply to "RE[10]: More like 100 or so"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

LXDE is also coming along nicely - a good choice for all those people used to "classic" Windows or KDE3 UI layouts.

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